Otaki Forks short walks
Project Kākā pest control operation
The caution period has ended for this pesticide operation. Warning signs at the main access points to the operational area are being removed. Signs in the backcountry huts within or on the boundary of the area will be removed in the next fine weather window.
Issued: 22 August 2014. Valid until further notice.
40 min – 2 hr depending on route
There are a number of easy short walks around the forks.
The Arcus Loop commemorates the Arcus family who farmed the Otaki Forks locality from the 1930’s. The walk begins on Boielle Flat and crosses the Waiotauru River footbridge, then works its way across the river terraces and gullies as it climbs to join the Field Track, taking 50 min return. There are good views of the campground and river.
The Fenceline Loop is a 1.5 – 2 hr return trip that passes through regenerating forest above the campground and gives some good views of the Waiotauru Valley. The track crosses a slip 10 minutes from the carpark, care should be taken in this area.
The Waiotauru Walk is an easy 40 min return walk from the Waiotauru carpark up-valley to the site and relics of Seed and O’Brien’s sawmill.
Otaki Forks is 19 km inland from Otaki township – approx. 1½ hour drive from Wellington or Palmerston North. The easiest turn-off from State Highway 1 is at Otaki Gorge Road, just south of the State Highway 1 bridge over the Otaki River. The last 5 km of the Otaki Gorge Road is unsealed, narrow and windy – please drive carefully.